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Prof. Allain joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering in Fall of 2013. Prof. Allain is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed and proceedings papers in both experimental and computational modeling work in the area of plasma and ion-surface interactions. Prof. Allain leads the Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Lab (RSSEL) at the University of Illinois. His research includes developing in-situ and in-operando surface structure and composition characterization of complex surfaces under low-energy irradiation designing function at the nanoscale and mesoscale. Prof. Allain has been recipient of numerous awards including the DOE Early Career Award in 2010, the Purdue Research Excellence Award in 2011, the Fulbright Scholar Award in 2015, Illinois Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow in 2016, College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in 2017 and the 2018 American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division Technical Accomplishment Award.

Education/Academic qualification

Nuclear Engineering, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nuclear Engineering, M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Q Science (General)
  • Plasma Surface Interactions
  • Fusion
  • In-Situ diagnostics
  • Surface Science
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Advanced Interfaces
  • Advanced Materials
  • Irradiation
  • Biosensors
  • Diagnostics
  • Nanosynthesis
  • Plasma Engineering
  • Nanoscale
  • Mesoscale
  • Surface Modification
  • Nanopatterning
  • Semiconductors
  • Adaptive Materials
  • Extreme Environments
  • Silicon
  • Lithiated Graphite
  • Lithium
  • R Medicine
  • Stents
  • Nanocellulose
  • Nanostructured Biointerfaces
  • Biological Applications
  • Nanotechnology
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Invitro
  • Metallic Stents
  • Therapeutics
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Porous
  • Metal Sponges
  • Biomaterials
  • Implants
  • Advanced Biointerfaces
  • magnetic hydrogels

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Research Output 2000 2018

Deuterium uptake and sputtering of simultaneous lithiated, boronized, and oxidized carbon surfaces irradiated by low-energy deuterium

Domínguez-Gutiérrez, F. J., Krstić, P. S., Allain, J. P., Bedoya, F., Islam, M. M., Lotfi, R. & Van Duin, A. C. T., May 21 2018, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 123, 19, 195901

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Latest Results From the Hybrid Illinois Device for Research and Applications (HIDRA)

Rizkallah, R., Andruczyk, D., Shone, A., Johnson, D., Jeckell, Z., Marcinko, S., Song, Z., Curreli, D., Bedoya, F., Kapat, A., Allain, J. P., Christenson, M., Szott, M., Stemmley, S., Sandefur, H., Ruzic, D. N., Maingi, R., Hu, J., Zuo, G. & Schmitt, J., Jun 2 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

electron cyclotron resonance

Magnetic targeting of smooth muscle cells in vitro using a magnetic bacterial cellulose to improve cell retention in tissue-engineering vascular grafts

Arias, S. L., Shetty, A., Devorkin, J. & Allain, J. P., Sep 1 2018, In : Acta Biomaterialia. 77, p. 172-181 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tissue Engineering
Tissue engineering
Smooth Muscle Myocytes
Spark plasma sintering
Transition metals
Tamper resistant packaging

Molecular dynamics studies of ion beam implantation and patterning of silicon: Effect of noble gas cluster formation

Lively, M. A., Bennett, S. X. & Allain, J. P., Jun 26 2018, In : Physical Review B. 97, 23, 235443

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Noble Gases
Inert gases
Ion beams
Molecular dynamics